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Panic Playdate - A 24 Game Inclusion That Fits In Your Hand

Panic Playdate - Teenage Engineering and Panic's creative design gave this handheld a particularly crisp modern spin on a throwback style like a Nintendo or a classic Gameboy. Here are some things that you should know about this trendy gaming device.

Author:Raven Noir
Reviewer:Morgan Maverick
May 11, 2022132 Shares2K Views
Panic Playdate- Teenage Engineering and Panic's creative design gave this handheld a particularly crisp modern spin on a throwback style like a Nintendo or a classic Gameboy. Here are some things that you should know about this trendy gaming device.

Panic Playdate System

Playdate has a really unique black and white screen that makes it stand out from the crowd. It is not backlit, but it is quite reflective, and it appears to be much more stunning than you are probably expecting.
It also boasts a snappy little processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (which will be available shortly), and a surprising amount of volume from its speakers. Its screen does not switch off while you are not using it; instead, it transforms into a highly attractive low-power clock!

Panic Playdate Design

It has a lot of colors. It is small enough to fit in your pocket. Furthermore, the Panic firm worked really hard to ensure that the buttons were exactly clicky and that the crank movement was silky smooth.
It is an analog controller that extends from the side of the console, allowing you to dial in accurate numbers while playing the game. Not every game makes use of it, but some, such as Crankin's Time TravelAdventure, do make extensive use of it. The positive aspect of this is that the cranks do not deplete the battery of the Playdate.

Games Offered

A black and white picture showing an organized list of Panic Playdate's game
A black and white picture showing an organized list of Panic Playdate's game
The games included in the panic playdate are shown below
  • Crankin's Time Travel Adventure
  • Battleship Godios
  • Boogie Loops
  • Casual Birder
  • DemonQuest 85
  • Echoic Memory
  • Executive Golf DX
  • Flipper Lifter
  • Forrest Byrnes: Up in Smoke
  • Hyper Meteor
  • Lost Your Marbles
  • Omaze
  • Pick Pack Pup
  • Questy Chess
  • Ratcheteer
  • Sasquatchers
  • Snak
  • Spellcorked!
  • Zipper
  • Saturday Edition
  • Whitewater Wipeout

Playdate Protective Cover

The playdate cover is light violet and magnetically attaches to the device screw
The playdate cover is light violet and magnetically attaches to the device screw
Playdate Protective Cover is a cute and simple method to keep your Playdate safe. The Playdate Cover is magnetically attached to the Playdate once it is aligned with the screws on the Playdate. Additionally, when folded, it resembles an ice cream sandwich. The pre-order price is 29 dollars.

The Specifications

  • Battery. 14 days of standby time and 8 hours of active time
  • CPU: 168 MHz Cortex M7; SDK: Lua, C
  • Capacity for storage of 16 MB of RAM, 32 KB of L1 cache, and 4 GB of Flash
  • 76 74 9 mm in size
  • Playdate USB-C to A Cable and a user guide is included in the plug-in feature.
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11bgn 2.4GHz and Bluetooth
  • Built-in mono speaker, stereo headphone jack, and condenser mic Plus TRRS mic input
  • 400 240 1-bit display
  • D-Pad, A + B, Sleep + Menu, 3-Axis Accelerometer, and a crank are the inputs.
  • $179 plus taxes and shipping

Panic Playdate Review

Scott Stein is an editor who is reviewing and analyzing various devices such as gaming and future/emerging trends. You will meet him in the video below. In his post, he says:
The Panic Playdate is the tiniest, quirkiest one of the bunch. Panic - a company best known for developing beloved indie games like Firewatch and Untitled Goose Game - never made hardware before, and the $179 Playdate feels like an impossible dream item. It's real, and it's been a joy to play.
  • The hand crank is fantastic.
  • 24 games were included.
  • Solid construction.
  • Extremely portable.
  • It can be difficult to read on a small, non-illuminated screen.
  • It's not known how many games are going to be released.
There isn't even a game store. Instead, by purchasing the system, you will receive 24 games in a "season" that will be downloaded two at a time, once a week for 12 weeks. Once the games have appeared, they become part of your gaming library.
Stein explained that Wi-Fi is used to download all of the games, which are stored on an integrated 4GB of storage. When you are bored with some games and you decided to delete them, you can feel free to redownload once you missed them again. The Playdate does not use cartridges, unlike the Analogue Pocket, which does. However, unlike the Pocket, it has internet connectivity, so system updates are simple. After downloading all 24 games from the first season of Panic Playdate, there was still 2.4GB of empty space.
The Pocket's features are extremely minimal: a D-pad, two buttons, a speaker, a USB-C charging port, and a headphone jack. A microphone and accelerometer, too (which not many games use yet). And… a crank. The thing pops out from the right edge, flips up and spins smoothly. It feels like a fidget toy. It's soothing. I've cranked it absent-mindedly as I've stared out my window, losing track of time as I contemplate my existence on this planet.
He also mentions that the plastic body thing on a playdate is sturdy and the crank is well-made. Not only is the 400x240 pixel screen clean and clear, but animations run well on it however, the D-pad thing in a playdate is just a little bit creaky for him.

About The Games

As he reviewed the Playdate, Stein noticed that it was difficult for him to figure out how to play some of the games because they were so strange and unusual. Several games also had some glitches when they first came out. I had a few freeze-ups.
There's one thing he doesn't understand: There's no fishing game! In this case, how did it happen that a handheld with a crank had no fishing game? Moreover, there are no instruction manuals, and the on-screen instructions were at times difficult to understand.

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People Also Ask

How Much Is A Play Date

If you want to preorder Playdate and a yellow USB-C to a USB-A cable, you'll have to pay $179 (USD). You can only buy two per person. The Nintendo Switch Lite costs $199.99, on the other hand. If you order a playdate, you'll need to pay the full deposit. You can cancel at any time and get your money back.

Who Made Playdate

Panic came up with the idea for Playdate. Panic has been developing Mac applications and publishing video games such as Firewatch, Untitled Goose Game, and Nour: Play With Your Food since 1999.
One source says one specific person who is behind this digital gameplay known by the name Jesper Kouthoofd. To understand where the crank came from, one first needs to learn how Playdate came to be. Almost 10 years ago, the co-founder of Panic called Jesper Kouthoofd of Teenage Engineering and asked him to help him design a new game for Panic and now called panic playdate.

Is Playdate Backlit

The black and white screen is stunning. A backlight isn't necessary for this, but it's still very bright. It's a style that's unlike anything else. Playdate is more than just a platform; it's a full-fledged gaming subscription service that sends fresh titles to your smartphone or tablet over time.


Thank you for reading this article about the panic playdate. This handheld game is a perfect gift for anyone and especially for those who grew up playing a Nintendo game. This panic playdate is very small that is something that you may tuck in your shirt and pants pocket but take extra care to avoid any scratches to its screen. You can have this game device anywhere like when you travel. It's a little bit pricey but it's worth it when you have it.
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